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“Your lot are not winning”: why are there so few British Asian footballers?

Eight per cent of the country is Asian—but Asian players make up only a tiny fraction of professional footballers. Twenty years after the FA first flagged the problem, why has so little changed?

By Jason Murugesu  

Swansea City's Neil Taylor (Left, pictured with Marvin Emnes) is one of the few prominent British Asian footballers. Photo: PA

It’s a topic that’s been written about every so often for the last twenty years: why aren’t there more British Asians footballers? The answer to that question is not a mystery. In fact, it is very straightforward. And all those who can affect change are aware of how it can be fixed.

Eight per cent of the country is Asian, and yet there are only 12 professional players…

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